With players new to the sport, the coach must make sure that he/she begins with an easy game plan and develops it piecemeal. Below is what was suggested to new coaches to Tee Ball because the stages develop because the players mature within the game.
- All infield fielded balls are thrown to first base (if there’s an opportunity of getting the runner out). Otherwise, the fielder raises the ball above the top to stop further running.
- If the ball isn’t fielded cleanly within the infield, the fielder raises the ball above the top to prevent further running.
- No early attempts should be made to urge a runner out reception base.
- Balls within the outfield are thrown to the closest infielder who raises the ball above the top inside the diamond to stop further running.
- In an effort to urge the runner out, the ball should only be thrown once then delayed . Discourage players from chasing the runner round the diamond and/or throwing the ball after the runner.
Teach the players about forced plays. Explain that, during a forced play, the bottom man needs only to catch the ball and touch the base with the foot to urge the runner out. Then, demonstrate to the players on the diamond, when a forced play is on. (This is sweet coaching both for when players are fielding and being a runner).
Next double and triple plays should be explained and practised. Also, explain that a double and baseball play is feasible after a catch is taken.
Once the catch is taken, explain where to throw the ball to urge the additional out.
Teach your players once they got to tag the runner at the bottom or running past them within the diamond as they field the ball.
In all situations, encourage the fielder to understand where they’re going to throw the ball before they field it.
Encourage them to throw the ball for the simplest out e.g. the closest base or first base if there are two outs.
With outfield hits, teach your infielders to run towards the outfielder to shorten the outfielder’s throw. this enables the infielder to urge subsequent throw quickly into the infield to prevent the play or get an out.
In the 1970s, our author was one founding father of a Tee Ball League where he had to introduce Tee Ball to several newcomers. this text summarises coaching advice on fielding tactics given to newcomers. He published a book with coaching advice called “Coaching Tee Ball during a New Environment”